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Wiki Urban Exploration Guide

Matt Derrick

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Welcome to StP's wiki page on Urban Exploration! This page holds a collection of resources designed to aid you in your exploration of abandoned places. All information found here has been contributed by members of the website, and you can add your own information by clicking the edit button at the bottom of the page.

Urban Exploration is defined as:

"Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex, UE, bexing, urbexing and sometimes known as roof-and-tunnel hacking) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property, this is not always the case. Urbex or urban exploration may also be referred to as draining (an alternate form of urbexing where drains are explored), urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking." -- Wikipedia

Urbex Websites

UE websites are an excellent place to do research for places to explore during your travels; with a little digging you can often find epic destinations worth going to that not many other people have discovered yet.

28 Days Later - One of the largest message boards on the web dedicated to urban exploration. Discussions are categorized into types of site reports like hospitals, military sites, underground, etc. There’s also a variety of other areas for sharing videos, photography, discussing gear, and books about urban exploration. Although based in the UK, UE locations around the world are often discussed.

Urban Exploration Resource - This website is a database of abandoned places submitted by users from around the world. Unfortunately only a handful of places can be viewed by new users; you’re required to participate on the forums for quite some time and be approved by the staff to view all the listed destinations.

Opacity - Another excellent website that uses the photography of abandoned places to provide a portal into what these places were in their past while documenting their current state of decay. With over 221+ locations explored, it’s a wealth of urbex eye candy.

Forbidden Places - This is one of many Urbex websites that show off their explorations to those interested in seeing what they look like first hand. Definitely ‘porn’ for those interested in UE and it’s not too difficult to discern where most of the best locations are with a little research.

Infiltration - This website was originally created by Ninjalicious, who unfortunately passed away back in 2005. Maintained by his friends, this website did a lot to popularize the Urban Exploration movement. While the website became mostly dormant after the owner’s passing, there is still a wealth of content here and great stories worth reading. The forums also seem to still be somewhat active.

Urbex Books

Access All Areas by Ninjalicious - This is a complete beginner’s guide to those interested in exploring abandoned places for the first time. A great resource if you’re completely new to the subject, although if you have any exploration experience at all, I think most of the advice in this guide will be pretty obvious.

Infiltration Zine - This is a collection of zines sold on the Infiltration website listed above. Although no longer publishing new issues, the back catalog has an amazing array of UE stories exploring everything from abandoned oil tanker ships, what it’s like to get caught when exploring, and documenting off-limits areas of the Paris Catacombs. The whole back catalog of 25 issues can be picked up for fifty five dollars.

Urbex Videos

Tom Explores Los Angeles - While there are plenty of Urban Exploration YouTube channels out there, this one is the most fun to watch. Great narration from it’s main character, and so well produced it could easily be a show on cable television. Although the destinations are limited to one city, each episode is a fascinating exploration into various parts of Los Angeles that make me actually want to visit that awful city again.

Other Resources

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